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One that serves as a leader or as a leading indicator of future trends: "The degree to which the paper is censored is a political bellwether" (Justine De Lacy).

[Middle English bellewether, wether with a bell hung from its neck, leader of the flock : belle, bell; see bell1 + wether, wether; see wether.]
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1. (Breeds) a sheep that leads the herd, often bearing a bell
2. a leader, esp one followed unquestioningly
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(ˈbɛlˌwɛð ər)

1. a person or thing that assumes leadership.
2. a person or thing that indicates a trend.
3. a sheep wearing a bell and leading a flock.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bellwether - someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
2.bellwether - sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bellbellwether - sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bell
wether - male sheep especially a castrated one
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[ˈbɛlwɛðər] n (mainly US) (= indication) → indicateur m, baromètre m
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